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Bayern Munich Alumni: After sensational Euro U-21 showing, Niklas Dorsch seeks a future in the Bundesliga

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Could the defensive midfielder be headed back to Germany?

Portugal v Germany - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Former Bayern Munich prospect Niklas Dorsch joined KAA Gent from Heidenheim last summer and might have his eyes on another move — this time back to Germany.

After a thoroughly excellent performance for Germany at the U-21 Euros, Dorsch sounds like he wants to take another run at “making it” in the Bundesliga.

“I have always stressed that it’s my dream to play in the Bundesliga,” said Dorsch in a recent interview with Bild. “As a German youth international, you want to make your way into the senior team at some point. And the best way to do that is through the Bundesliga.”

When asked if he would think about a return to Bayern Munich, Dorsch indicated he does not have one specific club in mind.

“I’m in no way fixated on any club, I’ve always geared my career steps towards purely sporting grounds,” said Dorsch, whose contract with Gent runs through 2024. “I will do the same this summer.”

Dorsch gained a little non-football acclaim for stories about grandmother as well after it was reported she wanted to give him a beer for winning the U-21 Euros.

“My grandma is the best. I’m incredibly looking forward to seeing her again,” said Dorsch, whose grandparents used to brew their own beer, but no longer do. “My grandma and grandpa always have good beer.”

Dorsch, of course, preceded Adrian Fein and Angelo Stiller as Bayern Munich’s resident top defensive midfielder prospect. Fein is returning to Säbener Straße after a poor loan stint with PSV Eindhoven and his future is now cloudy at best with the club. Meanwhile, Stiller is still considered a promising player, but is leaving for Hoffenheim in a few weeks.